Scripture Passage: Mark 16:1-8
Every skeptic should consider two important statements made by the angel to the women at the empty tomb.
1. See The Place (verse 6)
Easter should change your mind about Jesus. The resurrection is Ground Zero for belief in Jesus. Because of the resurrection, we cannot regard Jesus as simply a good man or a teacher. We must consider His claims to be the Son of God — the Messiah. Skeptics must deal with the empty tomb before embarking on any other philosophical arguments.
Some have suggested that the body of Jesus was stolen. What possible motives would this have served? If the body had been stolen and the disciples knew it, would they have given their lives for this lie?
Others have suggested that Jesus did not die on the cross. What are the problems with this theory given what history teaches about the way in which the Romans had perfected the art of crucifixion?
We believe that Jesus rose from the dead. How does the resurrection affirm the claims of Jesus?
2. Do Not Be Alarmed (verse 6)
Easter should change your mind about your future.
The resurrection alleviates the pain of fear, trials, and suffering.
Every life will end in death. Regardless of our efforts to cheat death, it will come for all. After the death of His friend Lazarus, Jesus told Lazarus’ sisters, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” If Jesus was right about the resurrection, then He is right about life and eternal life.
In what ways does the resurrection of Jesus give you comfort?
The resurrection of Jesus means that death is defeated.
Remember that we are responsible for our choices and actions. We must choose to live in a way that pleases God.